As the semester starts up, we wanted to share a preview of what’s happening at the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) this fall. We’re excited to be introducing new ways of connecting with other Christian scholars online and in person, as well as a wide range of blog options. This week, we’ll be sharingÂ a preview of upcoming blog features for this academic year. For now, we’d like toÂ introduce some new or expanded ways to connect face to face. Stay tuned for more on these ways to connect: [Read more…] about Preview: ESN This Fall
Theology of Higher Ed
Christians must care deeply about culture and they must recognize that true cultural obedience to their Lord has to take place under the cross. — Richard Mouw.Â Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal IntroductionÂ (Eerdmans, 2011),Â 136.
In Ministry to Emerging GenerationsÂ I briefly shared my journey to and the beginning of aÂ Doctor of Ministry program (DMin) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. TodayÂ my intentionÂ was to explore the Big PictureÂ of Creation-Fall-Redemption which framesÂ my academic work. But as I reflected upon it, I realized that this was tooÂ large a task for a single post. Furthermore,Â the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) blog already has a number of posts which explore theÂ Big PictureÂ of Creation-Fall-Redemption.Â David Naugle’sÂ Scholar’s CompassÂ Navigating Purpose series was the first which came to mind.
- Re-integrating Faith and Learning, Creation
- Re-integrating Faith and Learning, Fall
- Navigating Purpose: Re-integrating Faith and Learning, Redemption
Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we haveÂ is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.Â — Os Guinness, The Call:Â Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life (Nashville, TN: Word, 1998), p. 4.
As I drove from South Central PA to Boston, MA,Â and the next day sat in my first day of a Doctor of Ministry program (DMin) in Ministry to Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a number of thoughts of how I arrived at this place at this time in my life journey played through my head. The call of academic knowledge first began to draw me in when I was only in middle school. As a first year at Grove City College I was keenly mentored by severalÂ faculty who took an interest in my spiritual direction. Upon graduation I wrestled with whether to pursue graduate studies, but opted instead to dive into ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. MinisteringÂ alongside undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)Â ledÂ me to pursue a Masters in Higher Education at Geneva College and few years later a Masters in Spiritual Formation at Evangelical Theological Seminary. This training assisted me to more fully engage higher education as a mission, touching students and faculty from across the globe with the call of the Gospel. [Read more…] about Ministry to Emerging Generations
- Why other Christian scholars see the academic life as an important vocation.
- How faith and learning shape each other in subjects like philosophy, biological and biomedical sciences, English, engineering, history, business, education, law, psychology, religion, music, computer science and more.
- Where to find further resources to build a bibliography of Christian approaches to your subject.
In 2015, our hope is to build that resource.Â Modeled partly on Scholarâ€™s Compass reflections on the purpose of higher education and the integration ofÂ faith and academic disciplines, the Theology of Higher Education project aims to explore in more depth why Christians should pursue vocations in higher ed, and how that works out in individual subject areas.
We hope to build a team of thoughtful Christian scholars to provide solid starting points for scholars in as many subjects as possible. If that sounds compelling to you, please consider partnering with us. If youâ€™re interested in writing, drop us a note and weâ€™ll be in touch. To donate financially, follow the link below. Thank-you.
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As our family heads to InterVarsity’s Cedar Campus for a MidWest Faculty dialogue onÂ The Ends and Goals of Higher Education in Twenty-First-Century America: Change and the Calling of the Christian Educator, it is my privilege to announce thatÂ Hannah Eagleson has joined the InterVarsityÂ Emerging Scholars NetworkÂ (ESN) staff writing team.
HannahÂ holds a M.A. in liberal arts from St. Johnâ€™s College in Annapolis and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware. As you may remember, she is the author of several ESN blog series includingÂ What I Wish Iâ€™d Known About Graduate SchoolÂ andÂ Mentoring. Her postÂ What I Wish Iâ€™d Known About Graduate School: Surviving the WorkloadÂ is in the top five of most visited ESN blog posts.
Why did Hannah join the Emerging Scholars Network staff writing team? In addition to writing for the blog, she looks forward to spearheading two significant projects. Allow me to let her share about these endeavors: [Read more…] about Welcome Hannah to ESN!